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Balance the ACT Budget by giving Civic back to the Federales?

By johnboy - 25 April 2006 6

The Canberra Times is reporting on calls by former NCA honcho, Arthur Kenyon, for Civic to go back to the control of the National Capital Authority.

He nominated an area from Haig Park in Turner to Lake Burley Griffin and including the Australian National University and Black Mountain Tower to be put back under the National Capital Authority’s domain.

“I believe the Assembly is struggling to balance its budget and will not be able to keep Civic in a manner befitting the national capital,” Mr Kenyon said.

“If the Assembly was relieved of the upkeep of the city centre it would be much easier for it to balance its budget and it would probably save the citizens of the ACT big rises in rates and taxes.”

While attractive on some levels you do have to think back to how boring Canberra was when it languished in the grip of the NCA’s predecessor the NCDC. On the other hand it’d be nice to see some money spent on the roads and gardens.

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Balance the ACT Budget by giving Civic back to the Federales?
Maelinar 10:31 am 26 Apr 06

Hegzacccary young Glasshopper !

che 9:34 am 26 Apr 06

But the ACT govt wont be able to sell off all the carparks in Civic to their developer mates if the Federales have control, Terry Snow will just have to be content with the airport and federal buildings while the QLD insurance company (I can’t remember which one) will have to stay in bed with the ACT to buy up the rest of civic

Maelinar 9:34 am 26 Apr 06

Why don’t they just give the whole lot, holus bolus to the NCA ?

That way, we can get back to being a planned city, we might be able to build roads that can handle two cars going in opposite directions without risk of collision (Dunlop), and responsibility would fit squarely within the jurisdiction of one department.

Although it makes me sorry to say it, my elected representatives (and no, I didn’t vote for them but they managed to get in anyhow) in local government have managed to screw it up pretty much every time they’ve tried IMHO.

I’m still waiting for S7S to answer this question; “So are you telling me that as the planning minister, you have planning authority over width and depth, but not height”.

Obviously, the incentive for the NCA to drop the bundle will kick in if/once they resume control of everything and will need to be watched like a child holding a vaccum cleaner and a cat, but until they fuck it up I’m prepared to give them a run for their money.

Chris S 9:01 am 26 Apr 06

And I’ll check my spelling next time…

Chris S 9:00 am 26 Apr 06

One of the biggest problems with planning in the ACT is the continuing state of open warfare between ACTPLA and NCA. It has happened in all sorts of funny places, including the rural settlements after the bushfires.

I think the best solution is to hand over Civic and the Parliamentary Triangle, lock, stock ‘n’ barrel to NCA, and tell them to piss off from the urban and suburban bits of Canberra. that way, there is a clear demarcation, and all the kiddies can play in thier own sandpit rather than fighting over shared space.

caf 12:25 am 26 Apr 06

Back in yer box Mr Kenyon, this kind of condescending attitude shits me to tears.

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